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Global Knowledge Acquires Azlan Training EMEA

Acquisition provides European marketplace with unparalleled IT training

Maidenhead, UK – 14 March 2006 –– Global Knowledge announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Azlan Training from publicly quoted TechData Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD). The merger of Global Knowledge’s European operations with those of Azlan Training will establish Global Knowledge as Europe’s largest IT training provider. The combined business will operate in 12 countries and generate revenues of approximately $100 million USD. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

As a result of the transaction Global Knowledge will become the largest Cisco Learning Solutions Partner (CLSP) both worldwide and in Europe and the largest Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions in Europe.

Joseph W. Cece, Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Knowledge, noted, “the acquisition of Azlan Training reinforces Global Knowledge’s commitment to the European market and enhances the company’s position as premier, world-wide provider of IT training and enterprise learning solutions. The scale created by this transaction will allow us to serve our corporate customers, students, and technology vendor partners with the broadest, deepest, and most frequent schedule of public and private classroom and web-based IT instruction in the European theatre.”

“By acquiring Azlan Training we have a unique opportunity to re-define the competitive landscape in a fragmented IT training market,” noted Bob Lewis Vice President and Managing Director for Global Knowledge EMEA. “Joining forces with Azlan Training will enable us to offer a broader, comprehensive portfolio of courses, delivered reliably through an enhanced schedule and geared to suit all learning requirements.”

“With the merger of Azlan Training and Global Knowledge, Microsoft customers will be able to access a multitude of Microsoft Learning solutions across an enhanced European and global footprint,” said Johannes Foerner, Director, Microsoft Learning EMEA.

“Azlan Training has been very committed to providing sustainable, long-term value to our customers across Europe,” commented Nigel Pearson, European Training Director, Azlan Training. “By combining the strength and expertise of our people and offerings, customers can select from a broad range of pan-European IT training solutions they can rely on from a global provider they can trust. We are thrilled to become part of Global Knowledge.”

The combined company will operate under the Global Knowledge brand in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

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About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the largest privately held provider of training, enterprise learning services, and software solutions for information technology (IT) and management professionals. The company offers a broad array of hands-on IT, project management, and professional skills training featuring proprietary core and custom curriculum as well as content from leading companies, including Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, Oracle, and Red Hat. Delivered in classrooms, at private facilities, or over the Internet, Global Knowledge has helped Fortune 500 companies, organizations and government agencies leverage learning to turn knowledge into productivity for employees, customers, and channel partners. Through the organization's OnDemand Software Division, Global Knowledge also offers comprehensive software solutions that enable rapid user adoption and accelerate return on investment of enterprise application implementations. Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has international headquarters in London. The company is owned by New York-based investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe. For more information, visit or

About Tech Data
Azlan, the Enterprise Division of Tech Data Corporation, is the leading value-added distributor of networking, servers, storage and enterprise software and services in Europe and the Middle East. In addition to enabling fast and cost-effective distribution for market leaders such as Cisco Systems, HP, Nortel, Oracle and IBM, Azlan provides a variety of value-creating services, which include channel development, project sales support, VAR marketing campaigns and finance programs. The new Azlan combines the successful business entities of TD Midrange and Azlan, which Tech Data acquired in 2003.

Founded in 1974, Tech Data (NASDAQ:TECD) is a leading distributor of IT products, with more than 90,000 customers in over 100 countries. Tech Data generated $20.6 billion in sales for the last four quarters reported, which ended October 31, 2005. To learn more, visit or